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K2 Basecamp Trek

The K2 basecamp trek is a challenging trek that takes place in the Karakoram mountain range of Pakistan.

20 Days
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  • Max. Elevation:
    5,150m/16,894ft
  • Walking Per Day:
    5 - 8 Hours
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel + Lodge + Tent
  • Best Season:
    Summer
  • Group Size:
    10-15 Pax

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Country

Pakistan

Duration

20 Days

Route

Via Skardu

Range

Karakoram

Trip Overview

The K2 basecamp trek is an awe-inspiring journey that takes you to the heart of the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. This remote trek leads to the base camp of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world and one of the most challenging peaks to climb. The trek starts in Skardu, a town in the northern region of Pakistan, and takes about 12-15 days to complete. The trek offers a chance to explore the stunning landscapes of glaciers, high passes, and mountain ranges. The journey culminates at Concordia, a large glacial confluence known as the "Throne Room of the Mountain Gods." This trek is considered to be physically demanding and requires a high level of fitness, preparation, and the right gear and equipment. The trek also comes with a set of risks and challenges associated with high-altitude trekking, making it a dream come true for any adventurous trekker.            

The K2 basecamp trek itinerary begins with an arrival in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, where trekkers are transferred to a hotel for rest and preparation. The next day, trekkers fly from Islamabad to Skardu, a town located in the northern region of Pakistan and the starting point of the trek. The trekkers then spend a rest day in Skardu for expedition briefing and preparation.

The journey begins with a drive from Skardu to Askole, a small village located at an altitude of 2,600 meters, where the trekkers set up camp for the night. The next day, the trekkers begin their journey with a trek from Askole to Jhola, a small village located at an altitude of 3,185 meters, where they set up camp for the night. The trek continues with treks from Jhola to Paiyu, Paiyu to Urdukas, and Urdukas to Goro II, each day stopping at a different location for camping. The trekkers also spend a rest day in Paiyu for rest and acclimatization.

The highlight of the trek is the trek from Goro II to Concordia, a large glacial confluence located at an altitude of 4,690 meters, where the trekkers set up camp for the night. From Concordia, the trekkers continue to the base camp of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, located at an altitude of 5,150 meters, where they spend a night.

After spending a night at the basecamp (1 Night at Basecamp – on full board service), the trekkers begin their journey back to Skardu, retracing their steps with treks from Basecamp to Goro II, Goro II to Khuburtze, Khuburtze to Mundung, and Mundung to Askole. They then drive from Askole to Skardu and spend a reserved day in Skardu before flying back to Islamabad and transferring to the hotel. The final day of the itinerary is a transfer to the international airport for final departure.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Islamabad & Transfer to the Hotel
    Hotel

  • Day 2
    Fly from Islamabad to Skardu (2,228m)
    Breakfast
    Lodge

  • Day 3
    Rest day in Skardu
    Breakfast
    Lodge

  • Day 4
    Rest Day in Skardu: Trip briefing and preparation
    Breakfast
    Lodge

  • Day 5
    Drive from Skardu to Askole (2,600m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 6
    Trek from Askole to Jhola (3,185m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 7
    Trek from Jhola to Paiyu (3,383m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 8
    Rest day in Paiyu
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 9
    Trek from Paiyu to Urdukas (4,130m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 10
    Trek from Urdukas to Goro II (4,250m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 11
    Trek from Goro II to Concordia (4,690m)
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 12
    Trek from Concordia (4,690m) to K2 Basecamp (5,150m) – Overnight at K2 Basecamp
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 13
    Trek from Basecamp to Goro II
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 14
    Trek from Goro II to Khuburtze
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 15
    Trek from Khuburtze to Mundung
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 16
    Trek from Mundung to Askole
    B/L/D
    Tent

  • Day 17
    Drive from Askole to Skardu
    B/L
    Tent

  • Day 18
    Leisure day in Skardu
    Breakfast
    Lodge

  • Day 19
    Fly from Skardu to Islamabad & transfer to the Hotel
    Breakfast
    Hotel

  • Day 20
    Transfer to the International Airport for final departure
    Breakfast

Route Map

Cost Includes

  • ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE : Airport - Hotel transfers – Airport (Pick Up and Drop), by private vehicle.
  • HOTEL ACCOMMODATION IN ISLAMABAD : 2 nights hotel in ISLAMABAD (3-star category) - single room on bed and breakfast plan.
  • WELCOME DINNER : One Welcome Dinner in a tourist standard restaurant in ISLAMABAD with Office Staff.
  • PERMIT : Trekking permit, camping, road and bridge fees to the PAKISTAN Government, for members and Sherpa.
  • GARBAGE MANAGEMENT : Stool Shipment Transfer & Garbage Deposit fees.
  • INSURANCE : Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance for all involved Nepalese / Pakistani staff during the trek and expedition.
  • MAP : Trekking map.
  • MEMBER TRANSPORTATION : - (Domestic Flight) Fly from Islamabad to Skardu and while returning from Skardu to Islamabad, as per itinerary, along with one guide. - LAND TRANSPORTATION (MEMBERS): Drive by jeep Skardu to Askole and on returning Askole to Skardu. - LAND TRANSPORTATION (STAFF): Islamabad to Askole via Skardu (by bus/jeep) for all climbing Sherpas and expeditions staff.
  • TREKKING STUFFS TRANSPORTATION : All necessary trekking equipment transportation for all Members and Staff from Nepal to Pakistan (by air cargo) – Islamabad to Askole (by truck/jeep) and Base camp (by Porters/mules) – While returning: Base camp to Askole (by porters/mules) and Askole to Islamabad (by Truck/jeep). Based on the condition, different transportation variants may adopt.
  • MEMBER LUGGAGE : Up to 15 Kg per member for personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters or Mules.
  • FOOD AND LODGING : 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner; including tea and coffee) along with accessible accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/TENT during the trek and at the Basecamp. Hygienic and green vegetables, meat, fruits, soft drinks, and juice will be served during the trek. Well-managed base camp set up for members & Staff for overnight stay.
  • CAMPING : All necessary logistic arrangements for Camping during the trek.
  • PORTER : (2 members: 1 Porter) Porters per member up to the basecamp and from the basecamp (both ways).
  • BASE CAMP STAFF : Experienced and well-trained Base Camp Cook & kitchen Helpers as required.
  • BASE CAMP COOK : 1 Nepalese OR 1 Pakistani well-trained cook for the team.
  • STAFF SALARY AND ALLOWANCE : All Nepalese staff & porter’s daily wages, salary, equipment, food & clothing.
  • BASE CAMP TENT : Each member will have to share (2 Members: 1 Tent) box tent in Base Camp.
  • BASE CAMP EQUIPMENT : Tent, foam mattresses and pillow per member, 1 Dinning Tent, 1 Kitchen Tent, 1 Toilet & 1 Shower Tent, 1 Staffs Tent, Tables & chairs & all necessary cooking gear.
  • HEATER : Heater at base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps.
  • SOLAR/GENERATOR/LIGHT : 1 Solar panel and Generator for lights at base camp, FOR battery charges, laptop, and other electronic devices.
  • BACK UP : Back up Oxygen Cylinder, mask, and regulator (SUBJECT TO A CHARGE).
  • SATELLITE PHONE : Satellite Phone for emergency communication carried by Sherpa, also available for members (SUBJECT TO A CHARGE).
  • PERMITS : Satellite Phone permit for all members and staff.
  • WEATHER FORECAST : Weather forecast regularly during the trek.
  • MEDICAL KIT : Comprehensive Medical kit for members and staff.
  • CERTIFICATE : K2 Basecamp Trek completion certificate by company.

Cost Excludes

  • AIR FARE : International flight airfare (from and to Islamabad).
  • PAKISTAN ENTRY VISA FEE : PAKISTANI Visa fee for 30 DAYS.
  • LUNCH & DINNER : Lunch & dinner during the stay in Islamabad and Skardu (also in case of early return from Trekking / Expedition than the scheduled itinerary).
  • EXTRA NIGHTS IN ISLAMABAD & SKARDU : Extra nights’ accommodation in Islamabad & Skardu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking / Expedition, or domestic flight cancellation (due to any other reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • INSURANCE POLICY : Insurance covering both medical and high-altitude evacuation costs (for the trip cancellation, interruption, high-altitude rescue & air evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.) *Mandatory
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES : Telephone Calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages (during the trek and in Islamabad & Skardu but we will have soft drinks for members at base camp).
  • PERSONAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT : Clothing, Packing Items, Bags, Personal Medical Kit, and all kinds of Personal Trekking Gear.
  • TOILETRIES : Soaps, shampoos, toilet and tissue papers, toothpaste, and other items used to keep yourself clean.
  • FILMING : Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
  • INTERNET SERVICE : Not included during the trek and the expedition.
  • TIPS : Calculate some tips for porters, basecamp, and high camp staff – Minimum 250 USD.
  • EXTRA : Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

Fixed Dates

Date Status Group Size Action
20 Days
Start Date- 2023-06-15
End Date-2023-07-04
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    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Expeditions

    1. Easy (E): Climb requires one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with non-technical elements.
    2. Moderate (M): Either a serious one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
    3. Difficult (D): Multiday climbs with some moderately technical elements. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Hard Difficult (HD): Multiday, Highly technical climb. Requires high level of physical fitness and stamina.
    5. Very Difficult (VD): Multiday, Extremely technical climb. Requires very high level of Physical fitness and stamina.

    Grading

    Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.

    For Trekking

    1. Light: Light walking and generally level hiking that is good for most fitness levels. During these trips, hill-walking experience is desirable.
    2. Moderate: Trek has various types of moderate to difficult terrain, including rough trails and normally 3 to 5 hours a day. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
    3. Moderate+: High altitude treks above 3000 meters or in fairly difficult terrain- normally 4 to 6 hours a day. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
    4. Extreme: These high altitude treks or passes are known to be the most strenuous and has difficult terrain and conditions. These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you capability of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5600 meters. Daily walking is 5-8 hours approx.

    Sofie Lenaerts

    Belgium

    Our first co-operation was in 2013 in Pakistan with Arnold Coster expeditions and Sevensummittreks towards the Gasherbrum. After that, we continued to work together on expeditions towards Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Manaslu (winter), and AmaDablam. For me, SST is a very professional company with a lot of experience and knowledge. We have full confidence in their capabilities and appreciate their flexibility. I would like to thank them for all those years of cooperation and I look forwards to new adventures in Nepal and Pakistan.

    Brad Johnson

    I have been on many expeditions in Nepal over the years, most of them I organized with friends and used Seven Summit Treks only for their base camp services with great service! This year none of my friends were available to climb in Nepal in the Autumn season so I contacted SST and decided to sign up for the Mera Peak and Baruntse expedition. SST organized everything and provide me with a personal climbing Sherpa for the entire trip. Throughout the entire trip, everything was taken care of by SST, including lodging, tea houses, and meals. At Baruntse base camp I had a nice private tent and the cook and kitchen staff always had smiles and cooked great meals. My Sherpa (Jangbu) was great and we became close friends and climbing partners. Jangbu was always there with a smile, a very strong climber, always wanting to help in any way he could. There was plenty of time to decide how and when we were going to make a summit push based on the weather. We had fantastic summit days on both peaks and finished the trip crossing the Amphu Labste pass into the Khumbu Valley staying each night in nice lodges with all meals included. I would highly recommend using SST for any expedition that you want to go on. Thank you Seven Summit Treks for a great trip and your attention to detail!!

    Mohamed H. Al Khalifa

    Bahrain

    Seven summits are the best! Very professional highly recommended and fun people to work with.. 👏

    Nir Shah

    Great Britain

    My wife and I had an amazing experience with Seven Summits for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The company was extremely hospitable with a welcome dinner on day 1, including an introduction to our guide. Speaking of our guide, Phurkitar, he was simply brilliant. During the trek, he was very patient as both of us went through physical and emotional tiredness, and he ensured we reached EBC without any major issues. In addition, he helped cater to my vegan and my wife's vegetarian diets throughout the trek. Cannot compliment Phurkitar enough for all his efforts.

    Would readily book with Seven Summits again.

    Chris Huntsman

    USA

    These guys are the real deal. Incredibly professional and helpful; I genuinely couldn’t imagine hiking to base camp any other way.

    Seven summits planned everything, lodging, flights, and meals. All I had to do was show up and hike. My bag got lost on the way into Lukla (the airlines' fault not Seven Summits) but these guys (Sherpa Chhepal) organized a personal porter to bring my pack up to us since we’d already started our trek.

    Not only did Chhepal square away a porter but he did even more digging and got my bag on a helicopter instead. I had it first thing in the morning; it was incredible. When I was heading back to Kathmandu once we were finished, I realized I had time to catch an earlier flight if I could get out of Lukla on time. Well our flight was delayed but Seven Summits squoze me on a helicopter, got me to KTM, and I started making my journey home an entire day early because of that.

    Besides being super knowledgeable, helpful, A+ customer service, and everything else, these guys were just cool to hang out with. Made a lot of friends and would recommend Seven Summits to anyone in my circle.